Reader: Central Bistro is hot, but its HOT sign is not

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Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Central Bistro & Bar this week, and although she loved many of chef Lance Barto's dishes, she didn't like the giant HOT sign that dominates the decor. Even though it comes with a tasty back story -- the six-foot-high letters used to be part of the sign on the defunct Regency Hotel, once owned by the family of Isiah Salazar, owner-managing partner of Central -- that's not enough to make the distracting glare palatable, she says.

Still, Central is definitely one of the best restaurants to open in Denver this year.

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And Denver Dave agrees:

I, too, find the HOT sign a distraction. It pretty much overtakes (not it a good way) an otherwise lovely restaurant. It will not deter me from returning, though. We've been twice and the food has been sublime on both occasions. Had the same very warm and helpful young woman server on both occasions and she remembered us and what we had eaten on our first visit and recommended different food and wine selections for a new experience. Quickly becoming a favorite!

Have you seen the HOT sign at Central? What distracting decor items have you spotted in other restaurants around town? Post your nominations below.

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Central Bistro & Bar

1691 Central St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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ScubaSteve topcommenter

I read Central's menu on their website, and I think I'll try the place, although the appetizers are too expensive and the chef seems to be hung up on confit.  From looking at Gretchen's slides, I think the HOT letters look cool.  I figure that it would be easy to just ask the host to be seated with your back to the letters if possible.  What I find distracting in a restaurant is loud music while I'm trying to carry on a conversation during lunch or dinner, whether the music is live or piped in. I refuse to go to a restaurant during those loud music hours.

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